What happens when architect and client are one? How does the process change when architects try to please themselves? A sense of experimentation, playfulness and inspiration pervades these homes, while also conceding to budget constraints. Come see four incredible houses architects designed for themselves on the east side of Los Angeles. Join us on this self-directed tour on May 10 which features homes built by architects for their own families.

Early bird tickets are available for $35 and will go on sale Tuesday, April 8 at 9:00 am
After April 28, tickets will go up to $45, so be sure to get yours soon!

Regular tickets are $45 and will go on sale Monday, April 28

Photography: Joshua White/JWPictures.com

Photography: Joshua White/JWPictures.com

Paige Residence by Tom Marble

Paige is a 2500 sf home with attached 1250 sf studio/garage on an acre of land in Northeast Los Angeles. A series of rooms built around a courtyard, it also extends to outdoor rooms with incredible views in each. The interior features richly colored accents, multiple generations of furnishings and a collaborative aesthetic between the artist and architect who live there.

Murnane Residence by Project M Plus

Murnane Residence by Project M Plus 

Project M Plus’ Lucile House sits on the top of the Moreno Hills in Silver Lake. With views from the Hollywood sign to the San Gabriel Mountains, the architecture is informed by Dutch design. The work is characterized by inventiveness, the creative use of materials, and experimentation. An open plan, large glass windows, subtle angled roof, and a cantilever structural system minimizes site impact.

Elysian House by Bunch Design

Elysian House by Bunch Design

Located in Solano Canyon, this 105-year-old house was transformed by opening up existing tiny spaces into one open space. Kitchen, dining and living area are all open to one another, but each is defined by its own identity, using color and material, allowing the space to be connected but with their own characters.

Elysian Cottage by Bunch Design

Elysian Cottage by Bunch Design

Located in Solano Canyon next to downtown Los Angeles, the two-bedroom, one-bath house frames the natural surroundings using carefully placed windows and creates a cabin-like space that is contemporary but also warm and intimate. The ceiling, made of clear Douglas fir, emphasizes the linearity of the house and helps make the house feel bigger as well as cozy. Some details are inspired by ancient Japanese design.

Photo by Nico Marques at Photekt

Photography by Nico Marques at Photekt


Buzz Court by Heyday Partnership

Heyday Partnership’s Buzz Court project is a six home small lot subdivision located in Silver Lake. The project is characterized by its snake-like driveway that weaves between the units to facilitate increased views, day-lighting, and ventilation. The homes are situated on a dense infill site so the exterior is covered in vertical fins to provide privacy and shading without blocking views to the Griffith Park Observatory. Sustainable elements ranging from solar panels to a permeable driveway to roof gardens achieved a LEED Platinum rating, the highest level available. Two of the units, occupied by Heyday’s principals, Kevin and Hardy Wronske, will be open to the tour. 



And join us after the tour for cocktails at our favorite new watering hole, The Greyhound. We’ll have cocktails and specials for de LaBbers!

The Greyhound Bar & Grill
5570 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042


Please note our policies for this event

  • You’ll receive an email on Thursday, May 8 with addresses and a map to all locations.
  • Children under 12 are NOT allowed.
  • Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible. Some of the houses will require steep stair climbs.
  • All tickets sales are final and no refunds will be given.
  • If tickets are available, you’ll be able to buy them right up until the start of the tour. Simply show your ticket at any house to begin the tour.

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We need volunteer docents! Volunteer docents will be assigned a two-hour shift and will receive one free ticket to the tour. Please be willing to commit to a two-hour shift on Saturday, May 10. Docents must arrive at least 25 minutes prior to the start of their shift to check in with the Head Docent: Early shift times are approximately 12pm to 2pm, and late shifts will be approximately 2pm to 4pm. Home Tour docents are present inside the homes, making sure visitors are respectful and following the rules outlined in the Home Tour ticket. Sign up below to show your shift preference.